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    Southeastern Outings Dayhike to Barton's Beach and Perry Lakes PArk

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    February 28, 2015


    Southeastern Outings Dayhike to Barton's Beach and Perry Lakes PArk

    Barton’s Beach. The area is an extensive sand and gravel beach on the Lower Cahaba River in Perry County near Marion, Alabama. The river floodplain broadens and creates areas of bottomland hardwood forests, oxbow lakes and extensive sand and gravel bars there.

    The Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary contains about 600 acres available to the public for outdoor recreation, education, scientific research, and other activities. Interpretive nature trails (fire lanes and primitive paths) make walking through the woods fairly easy and fun.

    Several trees in the park have been designated as Alabama State Champion Trees. The park lakes support a large heron rookery along with an abundance of songbirds. A 100-foot tall canopy birding tower allows for an exciting view of the forest and oxbow swamps.

    Hikes at Barton’s Beach and Perry Lakes Park are easy since the terrain is level and the walks are all on trails. The two properties adjoin each other so we can walk readily back and forth between them. The hikes will be led by Tom Spencer who has published a book on 25 places to hike in Alabama including Barton’s Beach and Perry Lakes Park.

    Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and older welcome.

    The very special, optional dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m. It will be the Low Country Boil supper, an annual event in Marion that is perfect following our day of hiking. The dinner will be held at the historic Marion Female Seminary Building in Marion.

    The function will be very informal. The menu is boiled shrimp (which you peel & eat), potatoes, corn, slaw, bread, and your choice of a multitude of homemade desserts.

    Superb live music will be provided during the dinner.

    Price for the meal is $15 flat charge to benefit the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society.

    For more information concerning the dinner, please call Kay Beckett, president of the historical society, at 334-683-8250 or 334-292-0319.

    Depart 10:00 a.m. from McDonald’s Galleria

    Info. on the hike: Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680 or


    MacDonald’s Galleria-1731 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, AL 35244. Parking lot behind the McDonald’s Restaurant across U.S. 31 from the main entrance to the Riverchase Galleria Shopping Mall.

    Do you wish you had friends who share your active lifestyle and enjoyment of outdoor activities? Then become active with Southeastern Outings (SEO), a nonprofit organization committed and created to serve people who enjoy being active in the outdoors. The organization plans, organizes and leads outings such as dayhikes, easy kayak and canoe trips, stream and waterfall walks, bicycle rides, lake events and other fun activities to beautiful sites in our natural environment. From time to time we also sponsor potluck suppers and other socials. All events and activities of the group are open to the public. Participating in SEO activities is a splendid, simple way to make congenial new friends who enjoy the outdoors.


    The organization currently has over 350 members. We scheduled ninety-two events during calendar year 2014 for an average of 8 fun events per month. We enjoy the outdoors in all seasons throughout the year. Twenty-three people, on average, have participated in each outing during the first eleven months of 2014.

    SEO does not charge for participation in any of its outings. You do not have to be a member to participate in SEO activities. Dues are only $10. Please contact Dan Frederick, President, 205-631-4680, or for more information and to obtain three free monthly newsletters with membership application and a complete description of all our outdoor events.

    Southeastern Outings now has a website. Just go to to find announcements of all our upcoming outings scheduled plus some brief, general information about Southeastern Outings, a membership application and 1500 lovely photographs from several of our outings.

    Thank you.

    Meeting Place is McDonald's Galleria

    1731 Montgomery Highway
    Hoover , AL 35244

    Full map and directions

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    Phone: 205-631-4680

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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